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UFC News: CM Punk’s Estimated Pay For UFC 225

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It was an up-and-down week last week for former WWE Superstar CM Punk, after feeling great relief when the trial in the lawsuit by WWE Doctor Chris Amann against Punk and Colt Cabana ended with neither man having to pay any damages. Then Saturday night, Punk stepped back into the octagon on pay-per-view for his second career bout at UFC 225 in his hometown of Chicago to face Mike Jackson.

The opening fight of the main card saw Punk manage to last the full three rounds, however he took a beating throughout and lost by unanimous decision to bring his career record to 0-2. Despite taking the loss, a new report has revealed that Punk is still coming out on the winning end of the purse and it’s not even close.

The Sports Daily has a report with the estimated earnings for all the UFC 225 competitors, based off of past pay-outs. It’s being estimated that Punk will bring home $500,000 for showing and a $3,500 fight week incentive. Meanwhile, estimates for his opponent, the winner of the fight Mike Jackson, are at $23,500-$10,000 for showing and a $3,500 fight week incentive.

EA’s Take: I have to start off by saying, I’m done with CM Punk as a wrestling fan, so I have no reason to support him here. However, I will say the truth and the fact of the matter is this; he’s still a draw, even in the UFC world. There was still a ton of interest in what he’d do in his second fight, which is why he deserves to get paid more. That’s exactly why people like Brock Lesnar or Ronda Rousey deserve to get paid more in WWE. They draw, bottom line. Mike Jackson should be thanking CM Punk for allowing him to be the next guy beating his brains out and get his 15 minutes of fame.

 

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All In News: Competitor Announced For Over The Budget Battle Royal

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Recently Cody and The Young Bucks announced that the first hour of ALL IN an event that they are producing on their own dime will be broadcast on WGN America. On that hour long broadcast will be an over the top rope battle royal that they are calling “Over Budget”.

Numerous of competitors have already been announced for the battle royal. The current ROH World Champion Jay Lethal even took to Twitter to announce that he would defend his championship against the winner of the battle royal.

Today a new competitor was announced for the 15 man battle royal. “The Machine” Brain Cage was announced as the latest competitor. You can check out the announcement below.

Fans know Brian Cage as he is a member of both the Lucha Underground and IMPACT rosters. Cage is even the current IMPACT X-Division Champion after winning the title from Matt Sydal at last month’s Slammiversary PPV. Brian Cage has been undefeated since coming to IMPACT. He hasn’t been pinned or submitted, his only loss comes via count-out to Matt Sydal in an X-Division Championship match due to Jimmy Jacobs and Kongo Kong.

Here are the names of the participants of the Over the Budget Battle Royal:

  • Jordynne Grace
  • Moose
  • Rocky Romero
  • Ethan Page
  • Colt Cabana
  • Brian Cage

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WWE Rumors: Has Rey Mysterio Finally Agreed To A WWE Contract?

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For months now, Rey Mysterio has remained in contract negotiations with the feeling being that it’s an inevitability he will be signing with the WWE for a return. Of course, we’ve seen him make a couple of appearances for the company this year as he entered the Royal Rumble back in January as a surprise participant, as well as took part in the Greatest Royal Rumble back in April.

While there were some reported hangups in talks such as schedule and remaining appearances that he’s already booked such as the All In event on September 1st (read more about that here), today there’s some indication that the two sides have finally agreed to terms on a deal. Northeast Wrestling will be in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on August 24th which Mysterio had initially been advertised for. However, the promotion posted the following to Facebook today:

Unfortunately due to his upcoming contractual situation with WWE Rey Mysterio is unable to appear on August 24th. If…

Posted by Northeast Wrestling on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

 

Of course at this time, nothing has been confirmed and Mysterio is still scheduled to compete at All In, teaming with Bandido and Fenix to take on The Young Bucks and Kota Ibushi.

EA’s Take: There’s been so much talk about Mysterio signing with WWE, I felt I had to call this “rumor” just because at this point, who knows when it will actually happen. I don’t see why NEW would put that out though if it’s untrue, so I tend to believe it. I do find it interesting with All In now just over two weeks away that this has come out since that was reportedly one of Rey’s sticking points in the negotiations. So that would mean if he has agreed to a WWE deal, the company finally budged on letting him compete at the show despite all the talk that they’ve been trying to prevent talents from doing so. They already signed Deonna Purrazzo which forced her to be pulled from All In, but she doesn’t have the same kind of stroke or leverage, so to speak, that Rey would have.

 

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WWE News: Big Show Says He’s Ready To Return To The Ring

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It has been nearly a year since the last time we saw WWE Superstar The Big Show inside of the squared circle, competing last September 4th, 2017 on Monday Night RAW in a Steel Cage match against Braun Strowman. The finish of the match that saw the multi-time World Champion crash through the cage wall was booked in order to write Big Show off of television, as he was in need of hip resurfacing surgery (an alternative procedure to a hip replacement).

Rumors surrounding Big Show’s future popped up earlier this year with many believing he had retired from the business, although that wasn’t exactly the case. While the former Giant of WCW had stated he would likely return around WrestleMania 34 and was even advertised for the Greatest Royal Rumble back in April, he unfortunately suffered a setback in his recovery (read about that here) which forced him to miss even more time. While he has been on the shelf still recuperating, Big Show revealed that he had also signed a new contract with WWE (find that here).

Big Show spoke with ESPN while appearing at a charity event yesterday at the Hackensack Meridian Health Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, New Jersey, stating that he will be looking to get cleared for action this weekend:

“Hopefully within the next couple of weeks, I will be back in the ring. That’s the main goal. I’m actually going to try and get cleared Sunday, by [WWE’s] doctors; moving around the ring a little bit. I could be back as soon as the Monday Night Raw after SummerSlam, if they have something for me. Just because I’m healthy, doesn’t mean our creative team is healthy for me yet.”

You can check out the full conversation at this link.

Quote c/o ESPN

 

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